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April 1, 2020 / Heather

Camp NaNo April 2020

Hey everyone. So oday startsCamp NaNoWriMo for April 2020.

Only Saturday did I decide what I was going to work on as my Camp NaNo project. Edits for one of my stories.

Because I Stayed; Because I Left will finally be getting the thorough polish I have been wanting to give it. The polish it deserves. I have plans for it and I can’t wait to share those plans.

Stay safe everyone. And stay distant from one another.

~H

March 18, 2020 / Heather

Oops and Ow

Hey everyone! Sorry for the delayed post. I’m fine from the Covid-19 insanity.

However, last Tuesday while getting ready for work I pulled something in my back and it hasn’t gotten right yet.

I promise it’s not as bad as the Bitmoji, but it does hurt. I haven’t gone to a doctor in 10+ years before this week and I went to both a walk-in clinic and even saw a general physician within days. Back pain (and pain in general) is no joke. I want to heal and just get back to work.

One thing I’ve been told is to keep moving. And I’m trying. I also got information for weight loss which is something I’ve wanted to work on this year. It’s been something for a while, but this is a year I’ve gotten more serious about it.

That said my dog is going to love this when I get going more from this muscle issue. More walks for him!

I may sprinkle in a weight loss post along with writing things. We’ll see. That’s all for now everyone. Stay safe, keep your distance, and stay informed. Peace for now.

~H

March 11, 2020 / Heather

Changes Happened

This is posting on March 11th, but I’m writing it on February 16th.

Recently there was a large change that happened in my life. Something I didn’t really ever think would happen, but was becoming more obviously real as time went on.

I left my position at the library.

Not without another job lined up, mind you. I start the new job Feb. 17th. My last day at the library was Feb. 14th. I did plan thinks like this a bit. I requested my last day be the 14th.

1) it gave 3 weeks notice for training, decisions, questions, etc.

2) it was a middle ground for the new job and myself and thankfully we were able to meet half way (they wanted me a week earlier and I didn’t feel that was sufficient time to get everything done)

3) as long as I’ve been at the library and as much as I’ve always loved the library what better day to leave would there be than Valentine’s Day? (I generally dislike the holiday so it gave me something different to focus on, yes I dislike the holiday even though I’m in a very happy and healthy relationship.)

I am ashamed to say I have NOT been keeping up with my edits, so I’m very far behind where I wanted to be as I write this. I’ve been burying myself in reading and some movies because change is scary.

I’m hoping I can get a lot done today. We’ll see. I can’t tell anymore if I’m excited or nervous.

On the upside I’ve been trying to be healthier and lose weight this year and so far so good.

Peace for now everyone.

~H

March 4, 2020 / Heather

Thanks For Waiting

Hi everyone.

Thank you for putting up with my absence while I was away working on some things.

My mental health is doing better. I’m not fully well, but I’m loads better than where I was before. Which leads me into a big point.

It’s okay to not be okay.

I still plan on posting weekly aside from a few weeks where I’ll take off. I’m working on keeping track of some things and having a better plan of what will be posted.

You can still find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook if you want to keep up with things on one of those platforms instead.

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~H

December 8, 2019 / Heather

Hiatus

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Not a post I thought I’d be making, but it’s been in the works for a little while now.

November was NaNoWriMo and it went… Well for the most part. I finished, but I felt like something was missing this year.

I released a book in October. I’m releasing another one on December 23rd.

Work is work.

With those said, there’s a lot going on inside my head and a lot that I’m trying to figure out right now and handle. This blog will be taking at least a small hiatus of a couple months, so the next post this blog sees from me will likely not be until March 2020.

I will still be updating my Twitter account, Instagram, and Facebook page with some information off and on.

For some reason, my mental health hasn’t been what it should be, especially lately and that comes first. I do have plans to edit and publish things in 2020 and get some new things written and I’m working on a plan for getting those polished and out.

There have been a lot of changes in my life, especially lately that leave me feeling off balance when it’s usually hard to knock me off my feet.

Twitter and Instagram are under HRShavor and there are links to everything under the contact page here on the blog.

I will be fine. I will always be fine. I just want to feel better than where I’m at.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone. I’ll be back soon. ❤ Peace.

~H

October 16, 2019 / Heather

Release Dates

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I rather like this bitmoji. Reminds me of Ready Player One and makes me feel powerful.

Just a small, quick update for everyone with the book covers and release dates.

Because I Am Awake Front

Because I Am Awake releases October 23rd.

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Unexpected Moments releases December 23rd.

~H

October 9, 2019 / Heather

Unexpected Moments Update

Hey all.

I’m typing this post a week before it goes out, but I wanted to have something ready since I missed a couple of weeks.

I just finished checking everything for “Unexpected Moments” and everything appears to be in order. “Unexpected Moments” is officially on track for the planned release date.

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Above image is how I’m feeling right now.

This book has been in process for years, guys. I started writing it probably 8 years ago? I don’t even really remember when I started writing it or how it came to be, but about 3 years ago I found it and decided I was going to finish it. This project has been near and dear to me for a long time and picking it back up was a great feeling.

I finished writing it over a year ago.

I’ve been editing it since then.

I’ve gone through round after round of edits and I took it to writing group before in the early edit rounds.

I commissioned an artist for the front cover. I designed the rest for the flat cover. I finished tweaking things and it’s done. After years of working on this project I can say it’s done.

And it might be a while before I try to tackle another novel-in-verse. Or if I try to tackle another one it will have specific things in mind that I will adhere to for reasons that will save me grief and time later.

By the time you’re reading this I will either be waiting on my first physical proof to get to me or I will have it in my hands and be freaking out because I’ve been suffering from impostor syndrome. For those who don’t know that’s where you feel like you don’t belong. So I’ve been feeling like I’m not good enough to really be a writer. Thing is, I know my work is good. I’ve placed in contests, I’ve gotten numerous comments, and when I read back through some of my work I step back and go “wow”. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve written so many things that when a friend featured a handful of poets and I was one I read through one of my own pieces and went “why does this sound familiar???” because I honestly didn’t recognize that it was my work until I looked at the account she shared the piece from. -.-‘

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Sorry for any absences coming. I’ll try to keep updating, but make no promises or guarantees. Stay safe everyone. For those doing NaNo stay safe, sane, and good luck on your journey.

~H

October 2, 2019 / Heather

Sporadic Posts Coming

Hey everyone.

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Sorry I haven’t updated in a little while. Things have been kind of hectic and I’m trying to prepare for a handful of things.

Life:

Chaos. Just… Chaos. Good chaos though! I have found a deep love of needle felting.

Writing:

NaNoWriMo is nearing closer and closer with every day, my first book “Because I Am Awake” releases in 3 weeks, my second book “Unexpected Moments” will release December 23rd, and I attend 2 writing groups.

NaNo:

I’m going a nontraditional route this year and am planning on writing 3 short stories as one book around a central-ish theme. Each story will be a goal of 17,000 words which will then total 51,000 for November. The NaNo site was updated and is still having some issues, but the HQ staff are amazing and on top of it. I also need to figure out information and get things planned for the region. I have something I hope is cool for some participants. I’m really excited about it.

And yeah, you read that right earlier. “Because I Am Awake” releases on October 23rd. Kindle copies are available for pre-order, but physical copies won’t let me give that option. So on the 23rd I’ll be pressing the publish button which is… Hold on, there’s a bitmoji for this…

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Terrifying and exciting and just… My brain errors out because of this. Ever. Single. Time.

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You may or may not hear from me as I get everything around for what’s coming up. There’s still a contact me page here on the blog. I welcome you to use it. Peace for now all. Happy Fall!

~H

September 11, 2019 / Heather

Small Update

Because I Am Awake is still on track for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

Proof copy #2 arrives tomorrow.

I’m thoroughly excited.


Unexpected Moments is on track right now for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’ve got a lot of work to do on it and most of that will happen during some late nights this weekend.


I recently got a PlayStation 4 and I’ve been gaming nightly with Vitca (or almost nightly). It’s been a really fun change of pace and a great stress relief. We use party chat while we game so it’s easier to talk and I forgot how much I enjoy gaming with someone.


Have a Jade picture because she’s adorable. (It’s an old pic.)

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Peace for now all.

~H

August 28, 2019 / Heather

Proofs, Edits, & Writing

As I start typing this my wrist is already hurting me, but I wanted to get SOMETHING out this week because I didn’t last week and I don’t know if I’ll get something out next week.

If you follow my Facebook page you may have already seen I ordered a proof copy of “Because I Am Awake” and it arrived and I’ve basically been in shock since. I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

While I was away last week (I was dog sitting) I managed to get the next (and final?) round of edits done for “Unexpected Moments”.

At work today I spent a little over 6 hours at a computer. Most of that was typing. A lot of typing.

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I’m now sitting at home working on “Unexpected Moments” because instead of making the changes like I’d done before I decided that making a new document and typing everything fresh would be better. While it IS better and I have the time to do so, my wrist isn’t thrilled because typing and typing and typing is not fun for it. Such is the life I lead.

There is something satisfying about knowing that I’ve got 25% of “Unexpected Moments” typed back up though. And the cover is waiting. It’s been finished for quite some time.

If I get the chance to talk about it in a coming post I’ll share what I’m going to work on for NaNoWriMo this November! 😀 I’ve known what I’m going to work on for a while. It’s exciting and kind of nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s an idea I had a few years ago and never touched. It’s calling to me now.

TL;DR

My project list:

  • “Because I Am Awake”
    • Cover reveal
    • Release (these might be one thing)
  • “Unexpected Moments”
    • Finish typing everything fresh
    • Cover
    • Proof process
    • Cover reveal/release
  • NaNoWriMo
    • All of the things.
    • Seriously, I’ve got basic ideas right now.
    • I don’t even have plot or characters yet.

Peace for now all.

~H